Eoghan Doheny and Pauric Dunne of Cullohill Handball Club travelled to Carrickmore in Tyrone last week, looking to book a place in the Boys U-14 Doubles All-Ireland Final.
In their semi-final they faced a stern test against the highly fancied Cormac Munroe and Darragh Canavan of Tyrone.
The first game saw both pairings play some outstanding handball in a high-quality semi-final. The Laois boys played with huge determination and confidence and didn’t allow their Tyrone counterparts any easy scores. This resulted in a very competitive encounter and the 15-7 scoreline in favour of the Tyrone handballers was certainly not a true reflection of a very tight game.
The second game was to mirror the proceedings of the first game. Again, the Laois boys showed great heart and skill but their Ulster opponents were just edging the rallies and getting the vital aces. In the end, Munroe and Canavan booked their place in the All-Ireland final by winning the second game on a scoreline of 15-8.
Despite the loss, Doheny and Dunne will be proud of their efforts in capturing another Leinster title and challenging a very strong Tyrone pairing in an absorbing All-Ireland semi-final.
Martin Mealy Cup
The Martin Mealy Cup semi-finals were played recently with both games providing plenty of skill and excitement. In the first semi final, Tómas Lennon and Larry Brennan faced Mick and Ray Fogarty.
Having topped Group B, Mick and Ray Fogarty went into the fixture as slight favourites to progress. However on the night, they found the Monavea partnership of Lennon and Brennan too hot to handle losing out on a scoreline of 21-11 21-11.
The second semi-final saw Michael Donovan and Joe Brennan face David Mulhall and Peter Whelan. This game proved to be thriller with little separating the two pairings. The first game was to go the way of Donovan and Brennan on the tightest of margins 21-20.
Mulhall and Whelan fought back strongly to take the second game 21-15. In the deciding game, Mulhall and Whelan were to build up a 20-13 lead before their opponents mounted a strong comeback. Fortunately for Mulhall and Whelan, they were to hold on and edge the encounter on a scoreline of 21-19.
The date for the Martin Mealy Cup Finals has been set for Sunday, April 6. The finals will commence at 4pm with the line-up as follows:
Division 1 Final: 4pm: Tómas Lennon and Larry Brennan v David Mulhall and Peter Whelan
Division 2 Final: 5pm: Francis Nolan and James Doyle v Bernard Graham and David Doheny
Division 3 Final: Eamonn Brennan and John Kealy v Patrick Mullins and Richard Mulhall